Westfield Advisory Plan Commission approves IU Health, Retreat on the Monon


Compiled by Anna Skinner

On June 6, the Westfield Advisory Plan Commission met and approved multiple items and held public hearings on Open Doors, Urban Vines, and requests for Harmony, a Planned Development District.

What happened: APC approved IU Health, 380 S. Junction Crossing, within the Spring Mill Station PUD District.

What it means: The petitioner for the 9,800-square-foot medical office building on 1.15 acres addressed outstanding architectural issues with the Spring Mill Station Task Group. No issues arose at the meeting.

What happened: The APC approved Bent Creek for the northwest corner of 159th Street and Towne Road.

What it means: A public hearing was held May 2 for the 162 single-family residential lots, and the petitioner worked with the Westfield Public Works Dept. to determine necessary improvements to the roads surrounding the neighborhood. The lots span across 129.74 acres.

What happened: The APC approved Westfield Business Centre, 17001 Oak Ridge Rd.

What it means: Westfield Business Centre is a 132,936-square-foot, open-industrial building on 8.5 acres.

What happened: The APC approved reconstruction of the Circle K at 1821 E. 151st St.

What it means: The petitioner added architectural details to the plan for reconstruction of the existing Circle K convenience store and gas station.

What happened: The APC approved Retreat on the Monon at the south side of 161st Street and Monon Trail.

What it means: Pulte Homes requested approval for 86 townhouse dwellings on 13.52 acres in the Viking Meadows PUD. Concerns of health and safety for Monon users were expressed by APC member Robert Smith. Concerns were discussed, and APC member Tom Smith said he believed users would be fine, as the Monon crosses many busy streets already.

What happened: A public hearing was held for Open Doors, 19400 Tomlinson Rd., at the Monon Trail Elementary School campus.

What it means: Jerry Rosenberger, Open Doors treasurer, presented on behalf of the assistance organization. The city has been working with Open Doors to find the food and clothing pantry a new home, as the current location in the old fire station, 110 Jersey St., will not be available due to development of the Grand Junction Plaza. Members of the public expressed concern over there being no person needing the pantry in its proposed area, and others expressed support.

What happened: A public hearing was held for Urban Vines, a proposed vineyard and winery at 303 E. 161st St.

What it means: Noah Herron, owner of Urban Farmer, wishes to build a vineyard and winery near his existing business. A 4,000-square-foot building that includes a tasting room, along with vineyards and a retention pond with a fountain are part of the plan.

What happened: A public hearing was held for the mixed-use district of Harmony including comments on the proposed gas station, CVS Pharmacy and possible fast-food restaurants.

What it means: Many members of the public expressed concerns over the un-village-like feel of the proposed architecture. They also commented that a gas station and fast-food restaurants are unnecessary to the area.